A Google driverless car has collided with a commercial van, in what is thought to be the worst accident involving an autonomous vehicle yet.
On Friday, a Lexus outfitted with Google’s autonomous driving technology was struck by a van that ran a red light in Mountain View, California.
A photo of the aftermath shows the car with a huge dent on the passenger side, and a van with a bashed-in bonnet being pulled onto a tow truck.
According to a statement from Google, the traffic light “was green for at least six seconds before our car entered the intersection”.
The crash happened at the corner of W El Camino Real and Calderon Ave. No one was hurt in the crash and all airbags deployed.
“I only saw the tail-end of the crash, and the dazed Google employees sitting around afterwards waiting for their tow-truck,” a witness told 9to5Google .
“From what I could see, it was the van’s fault entirely.”
The crash was said to be the first time a self-driving car had caused an accident – for the most part, human drivers are to blame.
“Thousands of crashes happen everyday on US roads, and red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes in the US,” said Google in a statement.
“Human error plays a role in 94% of these crashes, which is why we’re developing fully self-driving technology to make our roads safer.”